Soft-top Mercedes SLS spied
- Spy shots reveal open-top version
- Appears to use a soft-top
- To be launched at the 2011 Frankfurt show
These are clearest pictures yet of the long-rumoured open-top version of the Mercedes-Benz SLS.
It’s expected to be launched at the Frankfurt motor show in a year’s time, but as far as we can tell from the photos, it won’t have a folding hard top. Instead, reports suggest that the roof will be electrically operated and made of canvas, with an aluminium frame underneath.
As a result, we expect that this open-top version won't weigh significantly more than the existing coupe. Assuming it retains the current car’ 6.2-litre V8 engine, that means it should be pretty much as quick as the coupe, which blasts from 0-60mph in less than four seconds and has a top speed of almost 200mph.
Where the soft-top does differ from the coupe is that it has conventional front-hinged doors, while the pictures also show that there are rollover hoops behind the seats to give extra safety.
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